Public health medicine is a medical specialty primarily concerned with the health and care of populations. Public health physicians are trained in both clinical medicine and public health. Their work includes health promotion, prevention of disease and illness, assessment of community health needs, provision of health services to communities, and research.
|Public health medicine|
|The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (RACP)|
|Public health medicine is a medical specialty primarily concerned with the health and care of populations. Public health physicians are trained in both clinical medicine and public health. Their work includes health promotion, prevention of disease and illness, assessment of community health needs, provision of health services to communities, and research.|
|3 years Advanced Training|
|New trainees can apply for Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine once they have met the entry criteria below.
1. General medical registration
Applicants in Australia must have full general medical registration with the Medical Board of Australia. Applicants in New Zealand must have medical registration with general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and a practising certificate.
2. At least three years post-graduate medical experience - Internship year (i.e. regular face to face clinical patient contact) - At least 1 year full time equivalent clinical experience (i.e. regular face to face patient contact) in addition to an Internship - May include up to one year of a full time Masters of Public Health
3. Completed or enrolled in a Masters of Public Health (MPH) (or equivalent) All MPH courses must be an assessed course rather than an attendance course. For trainees who enter the program from 2018 onwards:
A completed MPH (or equivalent) that satisfies the five AFPHM compulsory core discipline areas (This requirement is recommended for 2017 and mandatory from 2018.)
For trainees who enter the program before 2018:
- A completed MPH (or equivalent) that satisfies the five AFPHM compulsory core discipline areas OR - Current enrolment in a Master of Public Health course at the time of application.
- 3 of 5 core discipline areas must be completed at the time of application.
- Progression beyond 12 units/months of training will require evidence of a pass on approved subjects that address outstanding core discipline areas.
AFPHM compulsory core discipline areas
- Health Protection (includes Environmental Health and/or Communicable Disease Prevention and Control)
- Health Promotion
- Health Policy, Planning or Management
4. Appointment to an approved public health training position
Applicants must have secured an approved training position in an accredited training site before they commence their training. AFPHM is not able to offer or arrange training posts for trainees; however, Regional Education Coordinators (REC) may be aware of positions available in their area and may assist you.
|As per admission requirements|
|See details in 2017–18 Program Requirements Handbook.
NB: Registration with the RACP does not mean that you are automatically on a training network and you should refer to the state-based websites regarding employment.
|Basic training written examination: $1,720
Basic training clinical examination: $2,820
AFPHM final oral examination: $2,723
For more information visit https://www.racp.edu.au/become-a-physician/membership-fees
|-Requires 36 months (three years) of full time equivalent training under the supervision of a practising Public Health Physician at an accredited training site -Includes work-based learning and assessment requirements For more information visit the RACP website.|
|Applications are due mid-February.|
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